Spain says patient tests negative for deadly Marburg disease

A person in Spain who was initially suspected of getting the deadly Marburg disease examined negative on Saturday and doesn’t have the virus, the Well being Ministry mentioned.

Well being authorities in Valencia earlier mentioned they’d detected the nation’s first suspected case of the infectious disease that has led to the quarantining of greater than 200 individuals in Equatorial Guinea.

The 34-year-old man, who had not too long ago been in Equatorial Guinea, had since been given the all-clear however could be examined once more within the coming weeks, officers mentioned.

He had been transferred from a non-public hospital to an isolation unit on the Hospital La Fe in Valencia whereas tests have been carried out, the Valencian regional well being authorities mentioned.


Three well being workers who’re treating the person have been additionally remoted as a precautionary measure, authorities mentioned.

Marburg virus can have a fatality charge of as much as 88 per cent, in accordance with the World Well being Group. There are not any vaccines or antiviral therapies accredited to deal with it.

Equatorial Guinea quarantined greater than 200 individuals and restricted motion on Feb. 13 in its Kie-Ntem province, the place the hemorrhagic fever was first detected.

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Racing to include Marburg virus outbreak in Equatorial Guinea

There is a race to include an outbreak of Marburg disease — brought on by an Ebola-related virus — in Equatorial Guinea, the place a minimum of 9 individuals have died. There isn’t any remedy for the deadly disease and growth of a vaccine was paused years in the past.

The small Central African nation has thus far reported 9 deaths in addition to 16 suspected circumstances of the disease, with signs together with fever, fatigue, blood-stained vomit and diarrhea, in accordance with WHO.

Cameroonian authorities detected two suspected circumstances of Marburg disease on Feb. 13 in Olamze, a commune on the border with Equatorial Guinea, the general public well being delegate for the area, Robert Mathurin Bidjang, mentioned on Feb. 14.

Cameroon had restricted motion alongside the border to attempt to keep away from contagion.

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